Varsity boys’ hockey is heading into the second round of the New England Playoffs
By Allie Goodrich ’13
The Spartans varsity boys’ hockey team is headed to Connecticut to play The Gunnery School at 1:30pm on Saturday, March 3, after defeating St. Mark’s 6-2 in Wednesday’s NEPSAC quarterfinal.
“Overall, I thought we played a really tight game,” said head coach Robbie Barker. “Our first goal came off a power play, and those guys worked really well together.”
“We took their opportunities away, we played well defensively, we were relentless on the forecheck, we tried to cause a lot of turnovers…we played our systems well.”
Co-captain #4 Jack Cameron ’18 gets ready for a face-off in their own zone.
For defenseman (and co-captain) Jack Cameron ’18 and his fellow seniors [James Miller, Andrew Moynihan, Kyle Gielow, Nathaniel Althoff, and Neil Shea], the game was “a little bittersweet”, as it marked their last contest on the ice in Grant Rink.
“Speaking on behalf of most of the seniors, this place has done so much for us,” Jack said after the game. “We can’t thank Coach Barker, the rink staff, Mr. Potter, and Frank enough for everything they’ve done for us and helping us become the players we are.”
Advancing to the second round “feels good,” said Cameron. “We would’ve liked to have a bit of a stronger finish than we did, but we can save that for the next game.”
“I think at this point, everyone is going to be up for the game—playoffs are a whole different level than the regular season, especially travelling.
“None of us want to go home early.”